McKellar #5 was printed in Hanover, PA in the spring of 2021, and the production quality of this edition is as good as anything we’ve ever done. This issue marked the first time (but not the last) that we published a photograph on the cover. This one, of the starter’s huts at Royal St. George’s, is by the late Anthony Edgeworth.
The journal’s founders went on hiatus to pursue other projects in the second half of 2021, but are now back to producing the kinds of fulfilling golf stories readers have come to expect from McKellar.
McKellar #5 is available for single-issue sales.
Adventures in Junior Golf
There’s something rotten at the core of junior golf and it’s not the junior golfers. Lawrence Donegan has flesh and blood in the game – a 15-year-old son with hopes of playing college golf – and takes us on his personal journey through a world where the simple pleasure of kids playing golf has been left behind, to be replaced by toxic parenting and a golf-industrial complex intent on draining the bank accounts of families chasing a dream. The aim is a college scholarship. The reality is stressed out kids, embattled junior tour organisers and college coaches who can’t believe what they are seeing.
After the Derecho
In August of 2020, Molly Altorfer, a high school golf coach and lifelong member of Iowa’s Cedar Rapids CC, witnessed a derecho, or inland hurricane, lay waste to her city and beloved club. Altorfer documents how her community has come together to rebuild, and how CRCC’s membership is adjusting to the “re-restoration” of their golf course.
Anthony Edgeworth, who died in March at the age of 84, was among the finest golf photographers of his time–and certainly no one captured club life in a more evocative way. In five full spreads of his photography, featuring Prairie Dunes, Sunningdale and others, the timeless nature of his work comes to life in McKellar.
Dispatches from Melbourne
McKellar #5 finds staff mainstay Michael Clayton in an experimental mood. In “Dispatches from Melbourne,” he takes an aphoristic approach to exploring his ideas on design and course maintenance, focusing on his home turf in Australia. Put more plainly, it’s a series of hot takes, but with plenty of serious substance beneath the sometimes humorous surface. It’s safe to say the rest of the golf world could learn a thing or two from the Sandbelt…